26-year-old Irish mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan, praised for her “bewitchingly beautiful, dark vibrant voice” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under Veronica Dunne. She was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera from 2016 to 2018. Her numerous Munich appearances include Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul and Flora in Verdi’s La traviata. She also travelled with the Bavarian State Opera for a concert performance of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at Carnegie Hall under Kirill Petrenko. She made her INO debut as Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in 2018. In concert, she has performed Elgar’s Sea Pictures as part of the Munich Festspiele; Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Münchner Hofkantorei; Cain in Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Il primo omicidio; and Cousser’s serenata The Applause of Mount Parnassus at the Wigmore Hall. In the 2021-22 season, she will make her Zurich Opera House debut as Wellgunde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold and return to Irish National Opera to create the role of Alva in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The First Child, sing Asteria Vivaldi’s Bajazet (Irish tour and also at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre in London) and Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen. She will also make her Wexford Festival Opera debut as Paulina in Goldmark’s Ein Wintermärchen before making her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra as Ghiva in Wallace’s Lurline.